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Jay Cutler cleared, expected to start Sunday vs. Lions


The Bears will have their starting quarterback for Sunday’s NFC North showdown with the Lions.

Jay Cutler has been cleared by the team’s medical staff after missing Monday night’s game against the Packers with a groin injury, and the Bears announced on Thursday that they expect Cutler to start this week.

Cutler has missed just one game after suffering the injury against Washington. Although the initial reports suggested Cutler could miss up to four weeks, Cutler expressed optimism from the beginning that he would be cleared faster than that, and now he has been.

With Cutler out, backup Josh McCown played well, completing 59.0 percent of his passes and throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions. But now McCown will head back to the bench, and Cutler will lead the 5-3 Bears against the 5-3 Lions.

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55 Responses to “Jay Cutler cleared, expected to start Sunday vs. Lions”
  1. norseyapper says: Nov 7, 2013 2:01 PM

    Good. This game deserves to see the best each team has to offer with no excuses.

  2. dezno24 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:04 PM

    I hope he scrample if need be at full speed against the Lions line or we will be seeing McCown back in quick.

  3. illlionsfan says: Nov 7, 2013 2:04 PM

    he better hope his line holds up otherwise he may suffer a setback or two.

  4. wisconsinhillfolk says: Nov 7, 2013 2:06 PM

    What is the Viking’s excuse for the pile of crap they leave on the field each week?

  5. coachkilla6 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:06 PM

    Duh Bears lose their next 2. Guaranteed!

  6. purpleguy says: Nov 7, 2013 2:10 PM

    Cutler must rarely need to use his groin.

  7. hodous says: Nov 7, 2013 2:11 PM

    Victory formation for the Bears

  8. ike1973 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:13 PM

    Jay Cutler cleared, expected to start Sunday vs. Lions then miss rest of season.

  9. jjb0811 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:14 PM

    We’re too really believe that an injury diagnosis went from 30 days to 7, but player safety is important?

  10. hammerhead5573 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:14 PM

    This is a huge mistake. gotta love Cutler but this is a bad decision.

  11. offroger76 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:15 PM

    Number one concern for this game is not on the offense but on defense. Gotta find a way to stop the run and create turnoverS. Go Bears!!

  12. kennyadler1 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:15 PM

    Great news for us Bears fans!! Hate to see players get hurt (ARodg) but it has happened to us two diff seasons when we got off to a good start and other teams took advantage of our injuries…its our turn….Lets Go Bears…finish the season strong!!

  13. bearshaterseverywhere says: Nov 7, 2013 2:20 PM

    norseyapper says:
    Nov 7, 2013 2:01 PM
    Good. This game deserves to see the best each team has to offer with no excuses.


    The Bears are still without Briggs, Melton and Collins! …..among others.

    Try again!

  14. pgrovebearsfan says: Nov 7, 2013 2:22 PM

    Don’t get me wrong im a HUGE bears fan but PLEASE tell me how you tear a muscle in your groin, projected to be out for 4-6, and be cleared in a week…Ill be honest when Cutler is on, he is a great QB but he isn’t consistent enough for me to like him as OUR QB. I say play McCown.

  15. ziggystheansah says: Nov 7, 2013 2:29 PM

    Does he really want to play? Remember what Suh did to you, Jay?

  16. britishteeth says: Nov 7, 2013 2:30 PM

    This is groin to be a great game.

  17. Waffle 2.0 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:32 PM

    NFCN is a tough division this year. Having 2 solid QB’s in the Bears new offense is a blessing.

    This will be a dogfight.

  18. dsimp724 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:33 PM

    I know ndamukong suh is a dirty player but did he have to rip his arm off

  19. dtownsportslions says: Nov 7, 2013 2:35 PM

    This is an important game for both teams but it wouldn’t be the end of the season for either team if they lost. I would play it safe and maybe sit him another week.

  20. staffordsyear says: Nov 7, 2013 2:36 PM

    Wish granted Suh!! go unleash hell!!!!

  21. toonzes says: Nov 7, 2013 2:42 PM

    Brandon’s hands must have magic healing powers, Now that’s taking care of your QB!

  22. hkdaddyo says: Nov 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    As a Bears fan, I predict that if Cutler throws an interception this week all of Chicago will demand that McCown be the starter. There’s already a guy about 15 comments below mine that wants Cutler benched for McCown!

  23. zam0854 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    Its called “BS” bro!!! Dont we all remember the controversy about putting players on the injury report every week? Cutler might be costing his team a W this week if he’s not fully healthy.

  24. jeffchadwick says: Nov 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    Dollars to doughnuts this is a decoy strategy. No way McCown isn’t taking some snaps on Sunday.

  25. hartlylion13 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:45 PM

    This game is the game of the week easily, with the Lions and Bears remaining schedules, both teams could very easily win out and the division could be decided right here in week 10. With the loser getting the wildcard.
    Go Lions!! Play Hard and Smart and we control our own destiny!!

  26. reasonisthereason says: Nov 7, 2013 2:47 PM

    bearshaterseverywhere says: Nov 7, 2013 2:20 PM

    norseyapper says:
    Nov 7, 2013 2:01 PM
    Good. This game deserves to see the best each team has to offer with no excuses.


    The Bears are still without Briggs, Melton and Collins! …..among others.

    Try again!


    And the Lions are missing both starting defensive ends, our #2 and #3 wide receivers, a starting corner, and out starting right tackle….

  27. bears5683 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:51 PM

    With the bye week it will be 3 weeks, so he’s coming back 1 week early. If it wasn’t for the bye he would have missed 2 games.

  28. larryboodry says: Nov 7, 2013 2:52 PM

    purpleguy says: Nov 7, 2013 2:10 PM

    “Cutler must rarely need to use his groin.”

    Have you seen Kristin Cavallari?

  29. lks311 says: Nov 7, 2013 2:55 PM

    If the result Sunday is a season ending groin related injury, the second guessers will be out in force.

  30. bigernmccracken says: Nov 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    Learn to count people. Come Sunday, it will have been THREE weeks since his injury.

  31. mylionsroaring says: Nov 7, 2013 3:04 PM

    Hope he brings his running shoes, he is going to need them. I am guessing he is not as healthy as he says he is.

    We will all hear about how he was unable to do this or that when they lose even though right now he says I am 100%. Bull crap!!!!

    Oh well Suh and company will have Bear for lunch in the way of Cutler Mmmmmm Mmmmmm Mmmmm

    GO LIONS!!!!!

  32. mylionsroaring says: Nov 7, 2013 3:10 PM

    Lions have some guys sidelined too, like our starting RT, LDE, and CB are all out so stop crying about your injuries. You know who you are!!!

  33. kremis says: Nov 7, 2013 3:14 PM

    smokin jay cutler is the man!!!
    google that – too funny,

  34. isphet71 says: Nov 7, 2013 3:17 PM

    The Lions’ front line can’t seem to catch QBs that roll around and move out of the pocket with speed. 13 sacks all season- they keep aaaalmost getting there but not quite.

    Couple that with Cutler probably not being very fast this Sunday, and this could really play into the Lions’ defensive plans. Look out if they get some sacks. They don’t tackle politely when they catch a QB. Cutler is going to have to throw the ball FAST or he’s going to get wrecked.

    I know Mccown isn’t Cutler, but as a Lions fan, I am more afraid of Mccown this weekend than Cutler. Mccown can buy time and find open dudes in a weak Lions secondary. Cutler is going to have to be near 100% mobile or he’s going to be a sitting duck back there.

  35. iowahbr says: Nov 7, 2013 3:39 PM

    Play Josh please. He has done very well for the last 7 quarters and with Culter it’s always: do we get the very good or the verrry bad Jay today? There seems to be no inbetween.

  36. timdavis697 says: Nov 7, 2013 3:40 PM

    You really think all you people have out smarted trestman he knows all of this. He is not going to put Jay in a bad spot he will use Max protection. Shu isn’t coming near him.

  37. joefelicelli says: Nov 7, 2013 3:44 PM

    The difference between Cutler and McCown is night and day. McCown performed better than anyone expected him to, but he is still not anywhere near the QB that Cutler is. Cutler may make you scratch your head a couple of times per game, but he makes you shake your head just as many times by making throws no human being should be able to make.

    So the Bears have no inside pass rush, and the Lions will have no outside pass rush. This favors the Lions, as Stafford is dangerous when he can step up rather than escape the pocket. Cutler is good on the run, but he is a lot better when he can set his feet and throw, and Suh/Fairley will make that tough.

    Should be an exciting game, and will probably come down to mistakes, like it always does with Bears/Lions. Right now, the Bears defense is making a lot of mistakes, so this will be a tall order for Chicago, regardless of who is playing QB. But I can tell you this much…If Detroit scores 30, no way McCown keeps up. Cutler, on the other hand, can.

  38. mattjay0101 says: Nov 7, 2013 3:49 PM

    Awesome news if your a Detroit fan!!!

    Jay Cultler is a joke, they should to leave mcnobody in a QB just to keep it interesting.

    Lions 28 Bears 17

  39. johngaltwho says: Nov 7, 2013 3:57 PM

    Lions vs Bears

    Remember when the Badgers went to the Rose Bowl last year cause Ohio State was deemed ineligible…

  40. 90lions81 says: Nov 7, 2013 4:05 PM


    Suh tends to have some of his best games against Cutler!

  41. cas5875 says: Nov 7, 2013 4:09 PM

    It’s a suprising decision. Suh abused Kyle Long and Cutler all game the first time around.

    It’s a boom or bust move for Chicago, Cutler could come out and win them the game, he could implode and turn it over 4 times, or Suh could end up putting him out for the rest of the season if he is not truly healthy.

  42. sosuhme says: Nov 7, 2013 4:28 PM

    How much you want to bet that if Cutler is not playing well that groin injury will get re-aggravated?

  43. duece5 says: Nov 7, 2013 4:35 PM

    Wow…..Cutler missed 1 game, Ponder missed 1 game (but sat one as well), Stafford 0, and looks like Rodgers will miss a minimum of 4.

    Hmmmm…….I think Rodgers is S-O-F-T.

  44. eightandeightlions says: Nov 7, 2013 4:37 PM

    mylionsroaring says:
    Nov 7, 2013 3:10 PM
    Lions have some guys sidelined too, like our starting RT, LDE, and CB are all out so stop crying about your injuries. You know who you are!!!
    Comparing missing 3 scrub players to missing 2-3 pro-bowl players (depending on Tillman completing a game), an injured starting QB, an an entire DT rotational unit, starting nickleback, and 2/3 of their Linebacker corps, and even their longsnapper is not exactly a fair comparison.

    DET’s starting LDE, RT, and CB would likely not start for any other team, it’s the same as when GB lost all their players when they won the Superbowl, 90% of them were scrubs.

  45. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 7, 2013 5:02 PM

    I’d sit Cutler and let him heal for another week. I think risking his season on this one game is a coaching error.

  46. demjoneses says: Nov 7, 2013 5:09 PM

    Suh and Cutler both step their games up when the Lions and Bears play each other. As a Bears fan I have a respectful hate or hateful respect for Suh, both teams are improved over years past so who knows what will happen. Lions fans can pretend as if they’ve had a ton of success against the Bears even tho the recent past doesn’t support that and us Bears fans can pretend like it’s the Lions of old coming to town even tho their 5-3 record doesn’t support that either. I think the Bears will win this game with either QB since it’s a home game. If Cutler plays the game will be more exciting due to the Suh/Cutler rivalry.

  47. deweyaxewound says: Nov 7, 2013 5:24 PM

    Jay Cutler = toughest QB in the NFL. Period.

    Name me ONE starting QB who’s taken as many sacks over the last few years as Cutler has (yet keeps getting up after big hits, staying in the pocket to make a throw despite the hit coming, etc.), who throws blocks like Jay, makes tackles after he throws INTs, who can flatten a DB if needed to get the extra yards, gets in the face of his own players if need be (J’Marcus Webb NEEDED someone to get in his face), play through pain, or gut it out or rebound after injuries.

    Fact is, despite all the crap-spewing trashtalkers out there, Cutler’s the toughest QB the NFL’s seen in a while (since Favre, anyway).

  48. johngaltwho says: Nov 7, 2013 5:48 PM

    deweyaxewound says: Nov 7, 2013 5:24 PM

    Jay Cutler = toughest QB in the NFL. Period.


    Thats a pretty tough argument to make. I agree he got alot of over the top criticism in the past but I think more of that was not for lack of physical toughness, it was his lack of leadership and emotional strength. The guy got knocked out of a critical game and goes and sulks by himself on the bench instead of being engaged in the game and trying to support his team and his replacement at quarterback. Playing thru pain is one thing but quitting on your team when youre out of the game is something else.

  49. timdavis697 says: Nov 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    That’s alright Cutler and the bears will try it again this year in the nfc championship game.

  50. rextraordinaire says: Nov 7, 2013 6:05 PM

    Either Jay is a really fast healer, or he went 110% in rehab so he could go back to having sex with Kristin Cavallari as soon as possible.

  51. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 7, 2013 6:39 PM

    I dont know why everyone keeps talking about the Lions D-line. Im probably the biggest Lions fan there is and I will even admit out d-line is overrated. Suh is very good and Fairley is good too, but really other than that its pretty average. This team is like 29th in the league in generating sacks. Thats not good.

  52. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 7, 2013 6:44 PM

    Cutler will never be known for being tough. He is delicate like a little flower.

  53. tangysizzl says: Nov 7, 2013 7:02 PM

    Cutler the toughest QB in the NFL? HA!. Aaron Rodgers is S-O-F-T HA!.

    Id be willing to bet Rodgers has been sacked as many or more times than Cutler and Stafford but so far has only missed 3 games and parts of two others in his career. 1 of those games was a healthy scratch so you people really need to get your facts straight.

  54. wnstonchill says: Nov 7, 2013 7:56 PM

    To ever accuse Jay Cutler of not being tough is pure bull crap! He may not be an elite QB, but he’s endured more punishment to his body at the hands of a horrid offensive line over the past 3 years than any QB in the game. The offensive line in 2013 has been highly above average, and Cutler’s numbers reflect that. The more trust he’s gaining with this O’line he has now, the more settled he’ll get and the more productive he’ll get. Imagine how good he’d get with a legit, speed WR to compliment Marshall and Jeffery!!!!

  55. blackhawks2010 says: Nov 7, 2013 7:56 PM

    Hit Suh in the knees, cut block him all day and let the idiot blow up and take penalties. It’s easy, he’s a liability. Light the fuse and let him do his thing, which is to train wreck his team.

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